For many high school students, or those looking to transfer from a community college or other university, they’ve become accustomed to learning in a classroom, readings texts, taking notes, listening to lectures, and exams. Unity College, known as America’s Environmental College, gives students who are looking for an education that blends theory and experience a chance to test the waters at the annual Spring Open House on Saturday, April 6.

“Here at Unity College, we pride ourselves in delivering a brand of experiential education that prepares students for the next chapter in their lives, whether that’s joining the workforce or continuing their education into a graduate program,” said Unity College President Dr. Melik Peter Khoury. “This event is perfect for anyone who might want to get a first-hand look at what it’s like to study wildlife and marine biology, or to work with the animals in our barn, or explore our Adventure Programs, just to name a few, and truly see if Unity College is a good fit for them.”

Prospective students have the opportunity to meet current students and faculty this weekend, and to learn the range of in-demand environmental career paths available to them, during the day-long open house.

Breakout academic sessions will include:

  • Alumni Animal Adventures
  • Unity Conservation Law Enforcement Students in the Field
  • Exploring Maine Seaweeds
  • Say Cheese! Using Trail Cameras to Monitor Wildlife
  • Drone Applications in Teaching and Research
  • Tools of the Forestry Trade
  • Adventure Programs at Unity College
  • Sustainable Agriculture in Action

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the Tozier Gymnasium. Visitors will get a real taste of living and learning on a small, supportive, passionate campus. Students and their families will engage in academic workshops, enjoy meals in award-winning Wyman Commons, get answers about housing, wellness, and financial aid from student success professionals, visit the animal barn and animal rooms, and get the inside information about student life from current undergraduates. A community fair and campus tours will begin at 9:15 a.m. Lunch and academic experience sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.